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COPYING -- Describes the terms under which Notepad++ is distributed. A copy of the GNU GPL is appended to this file.

IMPORTANT NOTEPAD++ LICENSE TERMS Copyright (C)2003 Don HO <>. This program is free software; you ma y redistribute and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public Licens e as published by the Free Software Foundation; Version 2 with the clarification s and exceptions described below. This guarantees your right to use, modify, and redistribute this software under certain conditions. Note that the GPL places important restrictions on "derived works", yet it does not provide a detailed definition of that term. To avoid misunderstandings, we consider an application to constitute a "derivative work" for the purpose of thi s license if it does any of the following: 1. Integrates source code from Notepad++. 2. Integrates/includes/aggregates Notepad++ into a proprietary executable instal ler, such as those produced by InstallShield. 3. Links to a library or executes a program that does any of the above. Our interpretation applies only to Notepad++ - we don't speak for other people's GPL works. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. ****************************************************************** GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2, June 1991 Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc. 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed. Preamble The licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to share a nd change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended to guarant ee your freedom to share and change free software--to make sure the software is free for all its users. This General Public License applies to most of the Free Software Foundation's software and to any other program whose authors commit to using it. (Some other Free Software Foundation software is covered by the GNU Li brary General Public License instead.) You can apply it to your programs, too. When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not price. Our Gene ral Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you have the freedom to distr ibute copies of free software (and charge for this service if you wish), that yo u receive source code or can get it if you want it, that you can change the soft ware or use pieces of it in new free programs; and that you know you can do thes e things. To protect your rights, we need to make restrictions that forbid anyone to deny you these rights or to ask you to surrender the rights. These restrictions trans late to certain responsibilities for you if you distribute copies of the softwar e, or if you modify it.

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